Friday, December 06, 2013

A Date With Kate - Gifts For Readers & Advent Calendar Giveaway.

I do this every year – but I thought I’d share with the readers of the Pink Heart Society specially this year. 
After all, it’s coming up to Christmas, isn’t it – and Christmas is the time for giving and sharing.


Last year at this time, I wrote about Christmas presents for writers but this year I’ve been thinking about  gifts for readers.
Gifts for readers ? Well that’s easy isn’t it? You just buy them books . . . and more books. . .

Well, yes, but there are lots of lovely gifts for book fiends everywhere
How about a bookmark – or a set of them?  I’ve seen  some really pretty ones  - fun ones – wooden bookmarks with tigers or elephants to peer  above the pages . The ones I covet are cat-shaped and they clip onto the pages of your book.  Yes, I’ve got lots of bookmarks . . .but then I have lots of books too!


If your reader friends are like me then they’ll want somewhere to record their reading – I always write down the list of books I’ve read this year and it’s great to see that I did actually manage to read a good deal this year – last year  wasn’t quite so good.  There are some great book journals  for adults and kids – maybe a book journal might even encourage your reluctant reader into the books store or the library?


Libraries – ah yes, I have a sister who regularly  makes the trip to the local library and comes back with an armful of books. (She also goes to the bookstore too – and comes back with another armful of books! ) I  made her really happy by giving her a great tote bag that just folded up in her packet on the way out – and filled up nicely with books on the way home.   The message on her bag read ‘She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain’  from Louisa M Alcott – but this year there are some great new ones – I had always imagined that paradise would be a kind of library’.  ‘I like Big Books’  or ‘I ransack my local libraries and find them full of sunk treasure.’  The ‘Books Are My Bag’ tote was such a success this year  so I’m sure a bag for toting books around in would be great.


Does your reader friend often lend out books – and risk not getting them back? Well how about a set of bookplates so she can  stick them into her most precious volumes and ensure that they find their way back to her no matter where they roam.

But – well, yes, OK, I admit it, the best gift for a reader is a book . . .or two . . .or three . . . or more.  My husband The Babe Magnet  tells me every year that he has more than enough books (what’s wrong with that statement? Is it possible to have more than enough books??)  And every year he finds new titles, new authors to add to his  Christmas list . New ones – or old ones. It doesn’t matter – old ones, smelly ones, beautifully covered, tatty and torn . . . they’re  all books and that what makes a reader happy.  And it’s truly special if you find that special title they’ve been looking for for ages – or  a title they loved long ago – a special favourite when they were a child, or a gorgeous edition of one that means such a lot to them. Maybe even a book signed by their favourite author.

They are also so easy to wrap -= no awkward corners or lumpy shapes – and nice compact rectangle  that can be prettied up with bows or glitter – but they’re not all that easy to disguise.  But a book doesn’t get eaten, it doesn’t need batteries or  - usually – go out of date within two months. It’s never the wrong size. Can a book be too big? Or even too small – well, yes – perhaps . . .

Ah yes – and here’s where the sharing comes  in. Every year I run an advent calendar giveaway on my blog – and there’s one running right now. Go and take a look and join in if you want to be  in with a chance of winning one of my books.  


But here on the PHS today, I hope you’ll help me give  a book – or maybe  more, it depends how generous Charlie the Maine Coon is when he’s picking prize-winners . Do  you know someone who needs a treat? Someone who perhaps has had a hard year, or been ill – or is just plain rushed off her feet?  Someone you
want to thank for their help  - cheer them up or tell them that they mean a lot to you? Today I’d like you to nominate the winners of the giveaway – tell me about the people you care about, the people you’d love to treat  - and pick one of these titles that you think they’d like. Post their name and your reasons for wanting to surprise them in the comments section and if Charlie picks your name I’ll get in touch with you and you can give them an extra gift this Christmas.


You can pick one of these:
A Throne for The Taking
The Devil and Miss Jones
The Konstantos Marriage Demand
Kept For Her Baby
The Good Greek Wife
The Proud Wife
Cordero’s Forced Bride
Bedded By the Greek Billionaire
The Return of The Stranger
 
Go on – post in the comments – tell me who you’d like to treat – and
why.
And don’t forget to keep visiting my blog for the rest of the Advent Calendar giveaway up to Dec 25th



Announcing winners -
I didn't need to get Charlie in to pick winners for this part of the Advent Calendar. I'm always so happy when people nominate someone they love  for a special gift. So   - Jo's Daughter,  Charlotte, Kaelee, bn and Mary - I'd love top give a book to all of your nominees.  So can you please email me kate AT kate-walker .com   and remind me of the book you have chosen. Give me your  friend's address -  or yours if you want to be the one to give the prize to her -  and let me know your nominees names so I can sign it to her if you want.

Thanks for joining in!





16 comments:

  1. My sister has a really busy life & few moments to relax. When she does finally sit down with her cat. And has a moment to herself she enjoys reading a romance novel. I would love to nominate her for a copy of The Good Greek Wife. I think it will be her kinda story & I know it's a good one :D She does borrow some of my books, but later claims not to have finished them. THAT is the reason she hangs on to them so long ;) So I now buy her certain books for Xmas & Bdays, instead of lending her mine. Yes that is not too sisterly of me I know.... But I can be attached to my keepers :D

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    1. Hi Jo's Daughter! I like the idea of your sister sitting down with a book and her cat - I do just the same! How great that you can share books -m but not that she doesn't return them! Between you and me, I would feel the same way about my keepers!

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  2. I would nominate my friend Debbie. she has been with me and supported on me when my family said i couldn't do it, i was no good as a writer. Last year we were strangers but she welcomed me into her home and she will always have a special place in mine and my boys hearts. I would nominate her for the devil and Miss Jones. The only person i lend my books to is my mum as i know i will get them back. I have often made the mistake of lending my precious books out and not having them returned to me.

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    1. Debbie sounds like a great friend, Charlotte. I know how it feels to need someone who supported me when I wanted to be a writer - and no one else believed in me. I'm not surprised she has such a special place in your hearts.

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    2. Kate, Charlotte is a friend to me also. She believes in me when I don't and keeps me up to date with everything that is happening in the writing world, when I'm too busy or too pooped to keep up. I know 2014 is going to be an even better writing year for her than 2013 has been. Merry Christmas! x

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    3. Thank you for dropping by, Debbie - you and Charlotte sound to have a great friendship - you share so much. Happy Christmas to both of you!

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  3. I would like to nominate Papaya who I've "met" through the Harlequin blog. She's from Hawaii and works for the government testing water . Since the big molasses spill she has been extra busy this year. Plus a lot of her older family members have had accidents that have resulted in broken bones. 2013 has not been a good year for her.

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    1. Oops brain is missing some cogs. I think she would enjoy The Devil and Miss Jones. I really enjoyed Diablo and Miss Jones.

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    2. Kaelee, I've .met' Papaya a few times on the boards. I didn't know she did that important job - and I'm sorry to hear about her family - broken bones in older people are a real problem.

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  4. my mom because she needs books to read and relax; maybe bedded by the Greek billionaire

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    1. Hi bn - Mum's are so important. I'm not surprised that we all want to nominate them and give them a chanced to read and relax.

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  5. I nominate my Mother. She needs some new books to lose herself in, even if for just a short time. My Father died earlier in the year & I know she misses him terribly & is lonely.

    I think she would enjoy "Cordero’s Forced Bride".

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    1. Oh Mary I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father this year. So many people have had tough times in 2013. Your Mum must miss him terribly - I feel for her. I hope things get easier for her - it will be slow, I know but I hope she can enjoy some of Christmas with you.

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  6. Announcing winners -
    I didn't need to get Charlie in to pick winners for this part of the Advent Calendar. I'm always so happy when people nominate someone they love for a special gift. So - Jo's Daughter, Charlotte, Kaelee, bn and Mary - I'd love top give a book to all of your nominees. So can you please email me kate AT kate-walker .com and remind me of the book you have chosen. Give me your friend's address - or yours if you want to be the one to give the prize to her - and let me know your nomi9neres names so I can sign it to her if you want.

    Thanks for joining in!

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    1. Thank you Kate :) x have sent you Debbie's address x

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  7. I would nominate my friend Suzanne who lives in the UK and mails my short story submissions for me to the UK.

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